Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Quakers Are Feeling Their Oats

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Quakers Are Feeling Their Oats

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Give Quaker Valley High School cross country coach Dave Noyes credit.

Despite the Quakers' success, he continues to look for ways to improve his teams.

Quaker Valley has won the past four WPIAL Class AA boys team titles and the past two girls championships. So, whatever training methods Noyes has been using must have worked. But he's changing things up in looking for bigger and better things.

"My goal with this team has always been to be one of the best in the state regardless. I don't care about classification," he said. "I want us to be one of the top teams."

To that end, the Quakers got off to a good start. The boys and girls teams placed third in the overall standings this past weekend at the Red, White & Blue Classic at Schenley Park.

The boys team finished behind powerful Mt. Lebanon and defending PIAA Class AAA champion North Allegheny, and the girls were behind Morgantown (W.Va.), and Mt. Lebanon and ahead of Hempfield Area, North Hills and North Allegheny.

"This was a good start for us because there were a lot of teams here that are ranked highly in the state," Noyes said. "And because we haven't done any workouts."

It isn't as if the Quakers have not had any practices. Noyes is just doing things a bit differently this year.

"Everything was based on workouts [in the past] and our runs were easy, recovery runs. So, we'd work out and have an easy recovery run," he explained. "Now, it is just hard running all the time ... pushing yourself. We are not going to do workouts right now.

"We'll have a recovery day, but when we run, we will do some hard, hilly miles and then we'll start the workouts later."

The Class AAA boys teams that are highly ranked in the state by PennTrackXC.com that competed at the Red, White & Blue Classic were North Allegheny (No. 1), Mt. Lebanon (No. 5) and Baldwin (No. 7). The top-ranked girls teams there were North Allegheny (No. 5) and Pine-Richland (No. 9).

Defending WPIAL Class AA champion L.J. Westwood, who was fourth in a time of 15 minutes, 50 seconds, paced the Quaker Valley boys. Teammate Nat Fox was 14th in 16:11 and Roy Hadfield was 24th.

"This year we do not only have a pack, we have guys high up in L. …

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